CRN Monthly Update for June 2014

In this issue:

Message from the Coordinating Center

May and June are turning out to be very active months for the Coordinating Center! Several activities of note include efforts to pull together several manuscript writing groups, Pilot Project application reviews for the next round of funding, gathering information for our annual progress report to the NCI, and planning for upcoming Site Visits at Henry Ford in June and both KP Northern and Southern California in July.

We would like to thank the Prevention & Screening SWG for inviting Dr. Joann Elmore from the University of Washington to present during our May Steering Committee meeting, and also extend a very warm thanks to Dr. Elmore for leading an engaging discussion.

Dr. Elmore provided an overview of her work around OpenNotesExternal Web Site Policy, an initiative supported primarily by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, aiming to provide patients with access to the clinical notes in their electronic medical records. OpenNotes has recently been implemented at KP Northwest. There is the hope that providing patients with more information will enable them to be more involved in their health care, improve communication, and help them gain a better understanding of their medical conditions, among other things. There is much to be learned about how this type of initiative can impact patients, providers, and the health care system in general. Dr. Elmore noted that the CRN is a great environment to research the impact and implications of something like OpenNotes, including potential benefits and harms.

-Larry, Heather & Melissa

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June 2014 Dates of Note

June 09: All Progress Report contributions due to KPNC by this date.

June 11: Steering Committee conference call.

June 16: Prevention & Screening teleconference.

June 30: Steering Committee Meeting to make final Pilot Project funding decisions.

June 30: Year 2 Progress Report due to NCI.

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Scientific Working Group Updates

Communication & Dissemination

On May 22, Patti Ganz, chair of the 2013 IOM Report "Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis", facilitated a discussion about research priorities suggested by the report and potential projects that would work optimally in the CRN setting.

Kathy Mazor is currently preparing a grant application with Paul Han and Michael Gould titled "Helping Physicians Promote Health Literacy: A Risk Communication Training Program". Michael Gould (KPSC) is participating and the application will be submitted in June.

On April 28, Kathy Mazor and Mara Epstein presented on "The Cancer Research Network: Recent Successes and Future Opportunities" to the UMass Medical School Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine.

On June 10, Kathy Mazor will present on "Patient-Centered Communication During Cancer Care: Preventing Breakdowns and Mitigating Harm" at the University of Texas Achieving Communication Excellence (ACE) Lecture Series.

Prevention & Screening

Monday June 16, 2014,
2 PM PT/1 PM MT/2PM CT/3PM ET
The P&S SWG will be holding our 6th network teleconference. Speaker and topic information is forthcoming.

Virginia Quinn is preparing an NIH grant resubmission with Cheryl Rock, Department of Family & Preventive Medicine, UC San Diego for a weight loss intervention study among breast cancer survivors. We hypothesize that greater weight loss can be achieved with the tailored intervention and that improvements in psychosocial and health outcomes will result from weight reduction and participation in an intervention that includes discussion, strategies and guidance that address breast cancer-specific issues.

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Calls for Abstracts

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

due June 10, 2014

The 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium is presented by the Cancer Therapy & Research Center at UT Health Science Center San Antonio, the American Association for Cancer Research, and Baylor College of Medicine. The Symposium will be held December 9-13, 2014 in San Antonio, TX. Please see the Web site for the full programExternal Web Site Policy.

ASCO Quality Care Symposium

due June 24, 2014

ASCO's Quality Care Symposium will take place October 17-18 in Boston. The Symposium is a unique, comprehensive forum for disseminating information on the improvement of the quality of patient and survivor care through value-based decision making, enhanced research design and methodology, and the innovation of data infrastructure for quality evaluation/improvement. Abstracts are now being accepted, with a deadline of June 24. Summaries of new, ongoing, and updated research related to the quality of cancer care will be acceptable for submission and presentation. Please click hereExternal Web Site Policy for the full call for Abstracts.

AACR's Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research

due July 21, 2014

This annual conference will take place September 28 to October 1, 2014 in New Orleans, LA. It fosters collaborations between all disciplines of prevention research, accelerates the progression in the field of prevention research, and promotes awareness of the vital importance of cancer prevention in reducing cancer incidence and mortality. The theme for this year's conference is "From Cells to Society." Plenary sessions will be held on the microbiome, metabolism, and dietary prevention. All sessions will be cross-cutting and themes such as metabolism will be touched upon throughout the conference. Click hereExternal Web Site Policy for more information.

AACR's Science of Cancer Health Disparities on Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved

due August 4, 2014

This conference takes place November 9-12, 2014 in San Antonio, TX. It brings together scientists and other professionals across a variety of disciplines to discuss the latest findings in the field in order to accelerate the elimination of cancer health disparities. Through promoting the exchange of novel ideas and information between a wide range of professionals from academia, industry, government, and the community, this conference maximizes the opportunity for bringing research on health disparities from bench to bedside to community, and back again. Please visit our Web site to view the full programExternal Web Site Policy.

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Additional Funding Opportunities

LOI due June 27, 2014

PCORI Offers $90 Million to Support Large Pragmatic Studies

We're now accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) through our second call for proposals to conduct large pragmatic clinical studies. We'll provide up to $90 million to fund approximately nine such studies, which are designed to address important questions faced by typical patients and clinicians. Competitive LOIs are due by 5 p.m. ET Friday, June 27. Those invited to submit full applications will be notified by Thursday, July 31. More details can be found in the Funding CenterExternal Web Site Policy on our Web site.

Applications due July 8, 2014; LOI due 30 days prior

Core Infrastructure and Methodological Research for Cancer Epidemiology Cohorts (U01)

This FOA invites grant applications for support of the core functions of Cancer Epidemiology Cohorts (CECs), as well as methodological research. It is intended to support innovative approaches to maintain or enhance the infrastructure of an existing CEC or the establishment of a new CEC. Through this FOA, the NCI will also support core functions for CECs currently funded through other grant mechanisms by the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) and other components of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at NCI. Full announcement here.

Applications due Aug 12, 2014; Pre-applications due July 29

Dept of Defense Lung Cancer Research Program, Concept Award

The goal of the LCRP is to eradicate deaths from lung cancer to better the health and welfare of military service members, Veterans, their families, other military beneficiaries, and the American public. As such, the LCRP will support and integrate research from multiple disciplines for risk assessment, prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment for the control and cure of lung cancer. To review the seven Areas of Emphasis and more, please see the full funding announcement (PDF) External Web Site Policy.

Applications due Sept 25, 2014; LOI due 30 days prior

Enabling Resources for Pharmacogenomics (R24)

This FOA supports critical enabling research resources that will accelerate new research discoveries and/or implementation of research discoveries in pharmacogenomics. A proposed research resource must meet an ascertained community demand and benefit the entire scientific field. The FOA will support activities that can be clearly and specifically defined, are optimally designed, have evaluative measures built-in, are judiciously staffed, have formed partnerships where appropriate, and ideally have a proven track record and a finite lifetime. The outcome of an enabling resource must be highly impactful in a demonstrable way. Full announcement here.

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Employment Opportunities

Applied Research Program's Outcomes Research Branch

Branch Chief, Outcomes Research Branch

The Chief of ORB oversees the research and research administration of the Branch, is responsible to and represents the Branch at higher administrative levels, serves as an expert consultant on cancer-related health outcomes and quality of care research to the NCI and NIH, in responding to inquiries from the U.S. Congress and other federal agencies, and to scientific and professional societies, academic research organizations, and other appropriate venues.
Full Announcement (PDF).External Web Site Policy

Senior Scientist for Cancer Care Delivery Research

NCI Community Oncology Research Program

The person serving in this position will have a unique opportunity to serve the NCI as a scientific leader providing direction and leadership in planning, coordinating, and guiding a program of cancer care delivery research.
Full Announcement (PDF).External Web Site Policy

Letters of interest and vitae may be submitted immediately to Samantha Williams.

Kaiser Permanente Colorado

Investigator in Biobank Development and Cancer Research

The Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research (IHR) is seeking outstanding applicants to participate in the development of a biospecimen repository for research and contribute to the growing need for expertise in cancer epidemiology and genomic research. Currently, Investigators from the IHR are working with other Kaiser Permanente regions to develop a national biobank for research. This position is for a junior-level investigator (equivalent to an academic instructor or assistant professor) to work with our experienced investigators in the areas of biobanking, cancer epidemiology and genomics research.
Full Announcement (PDF).External Web Site Policy

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